Money, money, money, mola, dinero, bank, greenbacks...all of which grow wings and flutter out of my wallet the second my arse steps over the grocery store threshold.
Cha-fuckin-ching, says the cash register.
At some point I'll be adept at handling coupons and shopping sales, etc. (not holding my breath though)
But first things first: What is a 'good' price?
I ask this because, when shopping sales, it would seem that the 'good-stock-up-now' price would be a buy one/get one free sort of deal. But, is it STILL a good deal when it seems as if the grocery store has jacked up the 'original' price to make the BYGO seem even better?
Really, I do believe they do it! I buy bacon somewhat regularly and when it goes on BYGO the price is suddenly $7.99, when just recently I bought it for much...MUCH...less, even at the non-sale price. And yes, that is the BETTER bacon, thicker center cut and all that hoopla.
Same holds true for many other grocery items.
Here is the clincher though - I'm not entirely SURE I'm right. Because....
Because, I don't remember nor do I pay attention to the prices much. I buy what I like and/or need. I'm not that brand loyal, I shop the best price...usually. But when it comes to searching the weekly ads and exclaiming, "Hot damn that's a good price for Such&Such, I need to stock up!"...I just can't, 'cause I just don't know!
There are 5 different grocery fliers that come to my house, so who's right? Who is the cheapest?
There are some things I pay more money for - humanely raised meat, dairy products and eggs. I'm not compromising.
So what's a gal to do in order to wade through the muck of flashy ads and Trixie grocery stores that are out to make a buck off me? (and that is their business, so I am OK with it...I just don't want them taking any more than I deem necessary)
I thought of creating a spreadsheet of the most commonly used items and gather the fluctuating prices to gleam the average, as well as the 'sale' prices to really know when it is low, low, low.
Is that too much work? Am I over thinking this?
I don't want to become obsessed, but I do want to know whether buying the bulk box of canned tomatoes from Costco is ultimately cheaper than a good sale at Safeway (or whatever grocery store). If I use oodles of an item, I want to know when to pounce on that sale - whether I 'coupon' or not...because I've decided that my heart isn't in the couponing thing. Too much work for my fickle brain.
But...averaging out prices, deciding when it is best to buy...THAT I might be able to do.
OK...now for my super smart readers to weigh in. Putting the idea of couponing aside, do you have a system for tracking prices (sale and non-sale) and then knowing when it's good or when it's misleading (intentionally or not)?
I am off to the grocery store, but will be hoarding my receipts in anticipation of your replies.